Sunday, August 22, 2010

Our Credo

Remember the days of old, Understand the years,
generation after generation.
Ask your father, and he will inform you;
Your elders and they will tell you. (Deuteronomy 32:7)


Every organization is established on ideas, objectives and targets which serve as guidelines for its activities.

Following are the objectives and targets of the "The Center for Research of the Rapaport Family"

A) To research the family history and the inter-generational continuity, since its"inception"1).
Continue with its spread around the world, its subdividing into many branches which are integrated within the texture of the Jewish People,
throughout generations 2)

B) To study, through this research, the two-way mutual relations 3) between the societies and cultures of Jews and the rest of the world.

C) To recognize and study the family contributions 4) to Jewish and World Cultural Heritage.

D) To contribute, through this study and research:
     1) To the enrichment and profundity of Jewish Identity, of all those
          who engage themselves in this endeavour.
     2) To strengthen the identification with the family and Jewish

E) To advance, through these activities, the field of "Genealogy", as an inter-disciplinary field of study, recognized by the academic world as an independent discipline among the sciences 5).


1) The family emerged out of its anonymity, in the year 1380. It is mentioned first in the city of Regensburg-Rattisbone, on the banks of the Danube river in Bavaria – Southern Germany.

2) See two articles, attached to this Blog: "Family Names in Israel" and "On the Rapaport Family Name"

3) See the rational of our study on: "On the Development of the Jewish Intellectual class –in the last Millennium", to be attached later.

4) See, for instance, the most magnificent and expensive Hebrew manuscript - dated 1470 –which is called: "The Rothschild Miscellany"

5) See the information about: The International Institute for Jewish Genealogy & the Paul Jacobi Center" established within the National Library in Jerusalem. To be found with the following link:


Yehuda said...

Hi I am Yehuda Yisrael Rapoport. I a named after my grandfather Yehuda (one of ten boys) and my great grandfather Yisrael. I have a pretty extensive family tree it just doesn't go back too many generations. I would love to learn more about your project.

Chanan said...

Dear Yehuda,
I am very happy to hear about your effort to study your family in depth.
We shall be very happy to try identifying your branch of the Rapaport family,
within the wider trunk of Rapaports avaialable at our Data-Bank.

Please, contact us via our new email address:, in our
letter to all the Rapaports - within our Blog - so that we shall be able to start our
efforts on an individual and personal basis.
Sincerely and respectfully your,
Chanan Rapaport

Leanne Joseph Parks said...

I just came across this blog while "googling" some of my families' names. My maternal grandmother's, Libby Schiffman (originally Schifnagl) maiden name was Rappaport and her parents were Chaya and Yonkel (approx. dates 1836-1913). They lived in what was Yedinitz, Bessarabia. I am interested in finding out if anyone has researched this family as I have not been able to find much, if anything, about them on other sites. Any ideas you may have will be much appreciated.

Leanne J. Parks said...

I am trying to research my mother's side of the family and since my maternal grandmother was a Rappaport, I thought I'd try this site. Her name was Libby (or Liba) Schiffman (or Schifnagl), and was born around 1880 in Yednitz, Bessarabia. Her parents were Chaya (maiden name unknown) and Yonkel Rappaport, whose dates were approximately 1836-1913. I imagine that they, too, were from the Yednitz area. The only thing I'd been told about my mother's grandparents was that my grandfather (don't know whether paternal or maternal) had property near or on the Black Sea and they had horses. Any information or suggestions you could give me would be much appreciated.

Hadas Rapaport said...

Hello Yehuda,

My name is Hadas Rapaport. I live in Tel-Aviv. My grandfather is David Rapaport, born in Poland.
I know that one member of my family made ,any years ago a "Family tree" that went far till the quin Izabella- quin of Spain. The name was Rapa A Porto.
I would be happy if you could help me with exploring my family origin and maybe share with me your family tree?
Thanks and best,
Hadas Rapaport

Diana Shaw said...

A few years ago a distant relative researched and wrote an excellent family geneology. According to his research, our common ancestor, my father's great-grandfather, was Meir Laib Rappaport, born approximately March of 1830 in Roman, Romania, a tanner in Bacau, Romania. He emigrated to Safed, Palestine around 1906, and died in Palestine in about 1914. The author if this research, Howard Simkover, did a superb job of distributing the geneology to progeny of the patriarch, but I would like to know more about Meir Laib Rappaport's ancestry. Where did the Rappaports of Roman come from? How long were they there?